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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Wheeling Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Wheeling patent attorneys & lawyers represent individuals and businesses throughout the world with domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution matters. They have extensive experience handling applications from nearly every sector of technology, including biotechnology, computer hardware and software, communication networks, internet systems and methods, automotive, medical equipment, construction technology, consumer electronics, and clean technology research and development.
Our patent attorneys are of the most highly trained in the industry, requiring a scientific background, and passing a second level of testing known as the Patent Bar Examination. Thousands of patents are submitted to the patent office every day and a patent committee reviews each patent for its validity. The process requires that correctly drafted documentation present a clear case for the novelty of the invention, which is best made by a patent attorney with a higher education background in your industry.
Our Wheeling patent attorneys & lawyers can help you file a provisional patent, which lasts for 1-year and allows you to immediately begin using/manufacturing your invention with the confidence that your idea is protected. These types of patents are great if you think your idea will change a lot over the next year before you file a (non-provisional) patent. These patents are easier to obtain and are less expensive but you should have a patent lawyer review your provisional patent application to insure that you are meeting your objectives when you file your patent.
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Intellectual Property Protection
Intellectual Property Protection. What entrepreneurs and business owners need to know about the basics of intellectual property law to protect their business IP.
Intellectual Property Protection Explained
Entrepreneurs and business owners need to understand the basics of intellectual property (IP) law to best protect their hard-earned creations and ideas from unfair competition. Intellectual property includes distinctive items that you have created and ones that give you an economic benefit.
Seek professional experience from an intellectual property attorney to help your company plan for success and avoid theft of ideas, designs, and other concepts. Since filing and refiling IP applications can get expensive and waste time if done incorrectly, determine what you need to protect when it comes to IP:
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What Is a Patent Search?
Patent search tools help you conduct a patent search. Conducting a patent search helps ensure your invention hasn't already been patented by someone else. You can also get insight about what your competitors are developing.
Most commonly, an inventor conducts a patent search to find out if someone has already patented their invention. This involves sorting through existing patents, patent applications, and information about unpatented inventions. All of these preexisting inventions are called prior art.
Why Is a Patent Search Important?
A patent search tells you if pursuing a patent on your invention is worth it. If your search reveals a nearly identical invention has already been patented, your invention won't satisfy the novelty requirement for patentability. That means it isn't new or unique enough
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How Much Does a Utility Patent Cost?
The cost of a utility patent includes a $540 patent search fee, a $220 examination fee, a $330 application filing fee, and possibly a patent lawyers legal fees which can range upwards of $10,000. The utility patent lasts 20 years from the date of the original application filing and includes maintenance fees that are billed every few years as follows:
- 3.5 years - $980
- 7.5 years - $2,580
- 11.5 years - $4,110
If your patent application has more than three claims on it, you'll be charged an extra $220 per claim. If you have more than 10 claims on the application, the fee is only $52 per claim.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) might also include additional fees includin
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What Is a Design Patent Search?
A design patent search involves searching existing patents to make sure your design has not already been patented. A design patent is available for original, new, and ornamental designs for an item. It lasts for 14 years from the filing date. It also allows an inventor to create a new way to design an existing product. The design patent protects this unique design without changing the patent on the item.
There are a few common areas that design patents exist, although you can find them across just about every industry. The most common are furniture, hardware, tools, food preparation, sporting goods, toys, games, and communication equipment.
A design patent is often confusing because inventors aren't sure if they need this or a utility patent. The main difference is that a utility patent covers the entire product, while a design patent only protec
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What Are Patent Pending Costs?
The cost to get patent pending status for your invention is around $1,500 without an attorney. If you hire an attorney, you can expect to pay $10,000 or more for a utility patent and $2,000 for a design patent. It's hard to determine the exact costs before you apply because all patent applications are different.
Obtaining a patent is expensive and time-consuming. Patent pending costs vary widely. This makes it difficult to predict what you'll have to pay. A lot depends on the complexity of your invention and the type of patent application you want to file. A patent attorney can review your situation and give you a better idea of how much you can expect to pay.
As soon as your patent application is submitted to the USPTO, you can write, "Patent Pending," on your product. This status typically lasts for one to three years. Once a paten